By: Grace M. Castro
I truly enjoy fashion documentaries especially those that touch on the business of fashion. A few favorites include “The September Issue”, “Bill Cunningham of New York”, “Valentino: The Last Emperor” and, although not a documentary, I can watch “The Devil Wear Prada” over and over again.
Newly added to my list is “Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel”, showcased at O Cinema Wynwood this past weekend. Documenting the life and career of Diana Vreeland, the “Empress of Fashion” and by some accounts the first fashion blogger, the film also captured the essence of what you need in the industry, then and now: style, vision, and most of all hoot spa.
She believed she “had a perfectly clear view of what was possible for the public” and believed in giving them “what they never knew they wanted.” An icon indeed, her professional career lists Fashion Editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Editor-In-Chief at Vogue, and Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.
Vreeland’s resume aside, the best part of the film was her personality and spirit. She would have definitely been good company. A few takeaways and tips from the film: “style is everything”, “it’s got to have some bite” and most of all “don’t be boring”. Words to live by.